Red hot Mabkhout helps UAE overcome Bahrain 2-1
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A goal after just 14 seconds by Ali Mabkhout set up a 2-1 win for the United Arab Emirates over Bahrain on Thursday at the Asian Cup.
The striker scored his third goal of the tournament as UAE made it two wins from two games in Group C to move within sight of the quarterfinals. A second successive defeat eliminated Bahrain with one game remaining.
Mabkhout’s goal was canceled out after 26 minutes by a Jaycee John header. A quiet second half came to life with an own goal, as Bahrain captain Mohamed Hasan headed an Amer Abdulrahman free-kick into his own net.
UAE travels to Brisbane for the final match of Group C on Monday while Bahrain takes on Qatar in Sydney.